A student sent me the cutest little picture the other day and I want to share it with you.
To me, it perfectly embodies the most important principle of life: That I am a creator of my own life! Therefore, I am a chooser and creator of my own happiness, despite my circumstances.
Remember the Tibetan monk who was unjustly imprisoned for over 20 years? Upon his release he was asked how he felt in there all of that time, to which he answered,
“I felt that I was in danger of becoming angry.”
He knew this simple truth! I am the creator of my own happiness. And it is this truth that provides us with great freedom and great hope, and at the same time causes great agony. Because it is sometimes so painful to look at oneself so honestly and realize that I, myself, am the one choosing to be unhappy. It can be so difficult to really face the fact that I do have the power inside to create my moment however I want it to be, but I am habitually programmed to react to my circumstances negatively or with drama.
We all have to stop once in a while and take a good honest look at what we are doing. Not to beat ourselves up or blame ourselves in anyway – no! This is human nature and we need to accept ourselves and love ourselves for everything we have and all that we have experienced. However, there is one more step after that and it is to make a new choice and a new action and to create a new a beautiful life accordingly.
I find this a truly joyful process. It is a process that is not without suffering, but the unraveling and transformation of self is joyful. When we look at ourselves with a bigger mind and perspective, we can see with new eyes.
One of my most favorite mentors always reminded me that everything is a process. He spoke of a Korean phrase “Dae Ki Mahn Sung”. I have heard several different translations of the phrase but the one that was so simple and clear to me was this:
A container that is big and wide takes a long time to fill up and overflow. We are living our daily lives and doing our inner work with diligence, but sometimes it seems that nothing is happening, no change is taking place, no greatness is being unveiled. However, that water is filling up, little by little, with every drop of effort, with every choice. This is true devotion. And one day you suddenly have a lush and abundant, transformed Self.
Let’s never give up this journey of transformation!
I hope that you all create a happy day!